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Written by Sarah Kaye
(5/28/2003 12:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Would Hamlet have accepted Claudius only as king?, penned by Laraine
] Hamlet is a scholar, and he apparently had a great time at Wittenberg. If he had been able to go back there and not be (perhaps never be) King, it may have been fine with him. Hamlet doesn't seem that much like his father, who is an active, soldierly sort much like Fortinbras appears to be. Hamlet doesn't seem all that ambitious to be king. (He seems determine that Claudius will not be, though.)
pardon me but if a King has a competent living heir, than that person is King- period. It is immaterial whether or not Hamlet cared to be King, he WAS King, but for the fact that his uncle usurped his place. The fact that Hamlet did not come home and immediately claim his crown is part and parcel of his tragic flaw. The marriage, while certainly questionable, is secondary to the part that Claudius has upset the established laws of the succession of monarchy.
My question is what is everyone else doing that they were willing to just accept Claudius. Hamlet has reached his majority, he is obviously intelligent and educated, he is clearly the heir and doesn't need a regent, so who did Claudius recruit in the government that it seems as if NO ONE questioned his ascending the throne? Doesn't paint Polonius in a pretty light does it? and Gertrude- why isn't she standing up for the rights of her son? maybe she IS slightly unnatural.
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